Social Surveys 2

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Edited by: David de Vaus

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2007 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446263501 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781412923682 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446263501 |
    • Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods |
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Surveys are undisputedly a core method of social research. David de Vaus, the acknowledged expert in the field, has collected a second set of essential readings in the field. Social Surveys 2 makes available a much more substantial source of information about survey research and extends the coverage of the first four volumes. It will enable researchers to make better informed judgements about the use of the survey method and to implement their survey in the most effective, efficient and error-free way.

Volume 1 presents the history, ethics and criticism of survey research. Coverage includes the history of surveying subjective phenomena and sampling; questions of privacy, anonymity and honesty; practice standards; and technical and methodological criticism - as well as a defense of survey research.

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  • Editor's Introduction: Social Surveys – A Review
    Davidde VausLa Trobe University

    Survey research blossomed in academic, government and commercial circles following the Second World War. Progressively survey researchers learned more about the limits of existing survey methods and developed new techniques for both collecting and analysing data. Experience taught survey researchers that the apparently simple and cheap method of survey research was much more complex and error prone than might at first appear.

    Since the post-war expansion of survey research many sophisticated and reliable surveys have been established. Survey methods have been applied to a broader range of social phenomena (e.g. attitudes, feelings as well as more readily measurable phenomena such as age, income, workforce status, etc.). Sampling methods have become much more complex and powerful, new ...

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